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Whats New on Netflix in June 2021

A still from Wish Dragon of a colorful dragon with his arm around a human man

Screenshot: Wish Dragon/Netflix (Fair Use)

Netflix has been killing it will original animated features lately, from the Oscar-nominated Over the Moon to the zany apocalyptic surprises of The Mitchells vs. the Machines. In June, they’re trying again with the premiere of Wish Dragon, a new Chinese-American co-production that’s trying so hard to recreate the pop-culture zip of Disney’s Aladdin that if you play the trailer backwards, I’m pretty sure you can hear the spirit of Robin Williams doing celebrity impressions from beyond the grave.

Like Over the Moon, which was based on an ancient Chinese legend, Wish Dragon reflects the fact that animated features—not to mention Netflix—are an increasingly global business. Though written and directed by white American author and concept artist Chris Appelhans, the film was produced in China, features a Chinese-American voice cast, and is set in modern-day Shanghai. The story feels less culturally specific—a hapless, working-class loser (Ian Chen) finds a magic lamp from which springs a cynical, smart-mouthed dragon named Long (voiced by Harold & Kumar’s John Cho) that grants his wishes and helps him reconnect with his childhood best friend (in-between dropping one-liners). It looks…fine! I imagine I will soon be watching it with my kids, and the prospect doesn’t fill me with dread.

Also arriving in June is Sweet Tooth (June 4), a new series based on a celebrated comic by writer/artist Jeff Lemire that has been described asMad Max meets Bambi.” It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a catastrophe known as “the great crumble” has resulted in the appearance of half-human/half-animal hybrid creatures (go with it), and follows a young deer-boy named Gus as he leaves the friendly confines of his sheltered forest to explore a wider, wilder world.

June’s other standout new additions are a bit less flashy. Comedian Kevin Hart stars in Fatherhood (June 18), a heartfelt comedy-drama about loss and parenting from director Paul Weitz (About a Boy). International hit Lupin (June 11) returns with more episodes, as does the late-lamented Kim’s Convenience (June 2). There’s a documentary called Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats (June 5), which seems self-explanatory. Liam Neeson does his survival thing as a rugged rescue trucker in The Ice Road (June 25).

And then there’s America: The Motion Picture, an animated film in which “a chainsaw-wielding George Washington (voiced by Channing Tatum) teams with beer-loving bro Sam Adams (Simon Pegg) to take down the Brits.” (So I lied, that last one is pretty flashy after all.)

Here’s everything else coming to (and leaving) Netflix in June.

What to Watch on Netflix in June 2021

Coming soon (Date TBA)

June 1

  • Abduction
  • American Outlaws
  • Bad Teacher
  • Black Holes | The Edge of All We Know
  • CoComelon: A Sunny Day for Play
  • Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Flipped
  • Fools Rush In
  • Happy Endings: Season 1
  • Happy Endings: Season 2
  • Happy Endings: Season 3
  • I Am Sam
  • Love Jones
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ninja Assassin
  • Seven Souls in the Skull Castle: Season Moon Jogen
  • Seven Souls in the Skull Castle: Season Moon Kagen
  • Stand by Me
  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Streets of Fire
  • Super Monsters: Once Upon a Rhyme — Netflix Family
  • Swordfish
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Season 1
  • The Best Man
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Wedding Guest
  • The Wind
  • What Women Want

June 2

  • 2 Hearts
  • Alone: Season 7
  • Carnaval — Netflix Film
  • Kim’s Convenience: Season 5

June 3

June 4

June 5

June 7

June 9

June 10

  • A Haunted House 2
  • Camellia Sisters
  • Locombianos — Netflix Original Series

June 11

June 13

  • The Devil Below
  • Picture a Scientist

June 14

  • Elite Short Stories — Netflix Original Series

June 15

June 16

  • Lowriders
  • Penguin Town — Netflix Documentary
  • Silver Skates — Netflix Film

June 17

June 18

June 19

  • Nevertheless — Netflix Original Series

June 22

  • This Is Pop — Netflix Documentary

June 23

June 24

June 25

June 26

  • Wonder Boy — Netflix Documentary

June 28

June 29

June 30

What’s leaving Netflix in June 2021

Leaving June 1

  • Alone: Season 6
  • Mother Goose Club: Seasons 1-2

Leaving June 4

Leaving June 6

  • Searching for Bobby Fischer

Leaving June 9

Leaving June 17

  • Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers

Leaving June 21

Leaving June 26

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

Leaving June 27

  • 20th Century Women
  • Tales of the City (1993): Season 1

Leaving June 28

Leaving June 30

  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Acts of Violence
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • From Paris with Love
  • Gothika
  • Immortals
  • Invictus
  • Jason X
  • Leprechaun
  • Scarface
  • Tayo the Little Bus: Seasons 2-3
  • The Accountant of Auschwitz
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Land Before Time
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
  • The Roommate
  • The Twilight Zone (Original Series): Seasons 1-5
  • Training Day
  • Twin Peaks: Seasons 1-2
  • Two Weeks Notice

 

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